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Geoffrey Alley, Librarian: His Life & Work

Chapter 11 — Home on the Range

Chapter 11
Home on the Range

1 Much of the information used for this chapter has been provided by these and other members of the Alley family, to whom acknowledgement will not in general be made in footnotes. Other information is derived from personal observation, which is not documented.

2 Described thus by J.P. Whyte, p.c. 19 Apr. 1995.

3 Septic tanks are fine, up to a point, but not in areas where a large number of houses are close together on small sections.

4 The Maori name of the river, Heretaunga, was probably given by invaders from the Heretaunga region of Hawke's Bay during the land wars which were a way of life in Aotearoa during the centuries before the coming of Europeans; Sir William Hutt was a director of the New Zealand Company.

5 'Hutt River', in A.H. McLintock, ed., An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand, Wellington, 1966, v.2, pp.126-7.

6 Books to Buy, no.48, Apr. 1956.

7 Alley to J.P. Whyte, 20 July 1970, McEldowney papers (home).

8 Alley PGC (McIntosh).

9 J. Roberts, p.c. 6 Sept. 1990.

10 J. Tait tape.

11 M. Lovell-Smith, p.c. 10 May 1992, quoting from the Monthly Bulletin of the Christchurch NCW, Sept.-Oct. 1950.

12 Death certificate reproduced in Our Company Before, p.457.

page 468

13 Ibid., p.162.

14 P. Matthews, 'Mrs Clara Alley', Here & Now, v.2, no.11, Aug. 1952, pp.10- 11.

15 NZ Listener, v.26 no.671, 16 May 1952, p.9.

16 Newspaper clipping (undated, unattributed) in Alley papers.

17 G.L. Somerset, Sunshine and Shadow, p.207.

18 P. Perry, p.c. 17 Feb. 1993.

19 H.B. Sullivan, p.c. 7 Dec. 2000.

20 Alley papers.

21 A.E. Mercer, p.c. 26 Oct. 1990.

22 R. Brown, 'A History of Lumsden Township', p.70 (team photograph); electoral roll, Dunedin South, 1931; S. O'Hagan, The Pride of Southern Rebels, p.183.

23 J.A. Kelleher, Upper Hutt, pp.260- 61, 267. Elma Wright's account of the campaign, 'The Establishment of a Library', NZL, v.15, Nov. 1952, pp.197-203, covers the campaign and the first few months of the library's operation.

24 E. Wright, op. cit., p.198. Much of what follows concerning the public campaign is also derived from Wright's article.

25 Upper Hutt Times, 12 Mar. 1952.

26 Ibid., 5 and 12 Mar. 1952.

27 Ibid., 2 and 9 Apr. 1952.

28 Ibid., 14 May 1952.

29 E. Wright, p.c. 22 Aug. 1993.

30 I. Nuesch, 'The Upper Hutt Public Library', NZL, v.17, June 1954, pp.120-4.

31 W.J. McEldowney, p.c.

32 The operation of the volunteer service is described by I. Nuesch, who also considers the pros and cons of the use of volunteers, in her paper on 'Volunteer Staffing', NZL, v.16, May 1953, pp.77-9.

33 E. Wright, p.c. 22 Aug. 1993.

34 'Upper Hutt Licensing Trust Constitution Notice 1952', NZ Gazette, 24 July 1952, p.1248.

35 'Declaration of Poll on Election of Six Members to the Upper Hutt Licensing Trust', Dominion, 27 Aug. 1952, p.6.

36 J.P. Whyte, p.c. 19 Apr. 1995.

37 D.M. Ballantyne, p.c. 21 Aug. 1990.